Now Set to Begin at 9:00 A.M.
Prior to Kickoff of UConn-USF Football on Sept. 9
Huskies Under Guidance of 21-Year Head Coach Jennifer Wendry
"Kathy Les was an influential member of our team as an undergraduate student-athlete and graduate volunteer coach. I am so excited that she has chosen to come back to her alma mater to make a greater impact on our program," said Wendry. "She comes with a wealth of knowledge from her experiences at Colgate and most recently UCF. Kathy will make an immediate positive impact on the program and I am confident the team will share in my excitement when they meet her this fall."
In the 2016-17 season, Les served as an assistant coach for UCF, helping the Knights win the American Athletic Conference championship in her first season under head coach Becky Cramer.
Les also worked as an assistant coach at Colgate from 2011-16, where she also worked on the event management and facilities staff. She managed a number of day-to-day operations for the Raiders including compliance, equipment and practice planning.
While with the Raiders, she was responsible for the novice and junior varsity rowers, including the Varsity 4 and Second Varsity 8.
Les began her coaching career at UConn, where she was the volunteer assistant coach from 2009-11. Prior to coaching, Les was a four-year member of the Huskies' rowing team and a team captain her senior season. She earned the Drive Award three years in a row from 2007-09.
"It's an honor and privilege to be returning to my alma mater. I would like to thank Coach Jen Wendry for her continued support and guidance throughout my coaching career. I look forward to many successful seasons as part of the Husky family!" said Les.
A native of South Windsor, Conn., Les earned her bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and her master's degree in exercise science from Connecticut in 2009 and 2011, respectively. She competes as an amateur powerlifter and already owns four first-place finishes.